2022 1st Qtr Travel and Cruise Magazine

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On Land Corona, and under the executive direction of the Minister of Tourism, David Collado – promotes the sustainability of the sector. This is part of the reason why winter wonderland has a new definition in the Dominican Republic, which recorded its best-ever December – with a total of 728,335 visitors, surpassing the previous record from 2018 of about 650,000 visitors. The Dominican Republic also reported 165,609 cruise passengers in December, a 268% increase compared to November 2021.

JAMAICA CALLING & PORT ROYAL BECOMING A CROWN JEWEL FOR CRUISES Jamaica recently celebrated an array of awards, including: • Caribbean’s Leading Adventure Tourist Attraction 2021 - Dunn’s River Falls, Jamaica • Best Restaurant in the Caribbean by USA Today's 10Best for 2021 - Miss T’s Kitchen, Jamaica • Caribbean’s Leading Cruise Port 2021 - Port of Falmouth, Jamaica It’s clear that Jamaica remains the perfect cruise destination with experiences to create memories for a lifetime. Awardwinning attractions live here, and cruise guests get access to the best things to see, eat, buy, and do. Five ports, five unforgettable stops offering the best, for the best. Additionally, Jamaica’s historic town of Port Royal is looking to its future for cruise tourism. With 10 cruise ship calls during the quarter, according to the Port Authority of Jamaica, there are no signs of slowing down – with a plan to reposition Port Royal as a destination for larger ships.


As the Port Authority’s Kimberly Stiff told, larger ships bring in more guests “to patronize locals and support trade and commerce and other activities – entertainment, cultural and heritage initiatives.” Port Royal is currently undertaking a multi-phase project to redevelop the port, with the second phase including a new museum and restaurant area, and construction scheduled for completion by the end of the second quarter.

EL SALVADOR READY TO REACTIVATE CRUISE TOURISM El Salvador is ready to reactivate cruise tourism after a two-year break caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. Norwegian Jewel visited El Salvador in April, the first of at least 13 berths programmed for 2022, which will bring more than 11,000 cruise passengers. The articulated work between the government and private sector is key in the reactivation of the industry. Cruise passengers visiting El Salvador can enjoy archeological sites, volcanos, lovely towns, and much more!

ARUBA HOSTS THREE CRUISE SHIPS IN ONE DAY Aruba welcomed another sign of its cruise tourism recovery on January 17 as it hosted three cruise ships simultaneously. Carnival Freedom, Odyssey of the Seas, Marella Discovery, along with the thousands of guests on board, called at the at the Port of Oranjestad and experienced the destination continuing its impressive return.

DOMINICA’S NEW IDENTITY & GREENER FUTURE Dominica’s new brand identity positions the Nature Island as a competitive tourism destination. The new logo is as unique as the island itself. The various shades of green depict the island’s lush, verdant landscape. The rich purple accent color represents Dominica’s beloved Sisserou parrot and the vibrant red connotes the island’s Creole culture and Kalinago heritage. All these experiences await you when you visit Dominica, the Nature Island. Additionally, Dominica is making the right strides in its quest to becoming a climate resilient nation. This will be achieved by the construction of a geothermal plant, amongst other initiatives, that will enable the country to reduce its reliance on fossil fuels. As hurricanes become more frequent and more intense, Dominica and other small islands are seeking new opportunities which lie in decarbonization and renewable energy technologies to aid more sustainable forms of tourism and digitization of the economy.

ST. KITTS CONTINUES CRUISE TOURISM REBOUND The cruise sector continues to rebound in St. Kitts since resuming on July 22, 2021. While in port, passengers will enjoy a quintessential Caribbean escape. Choose one of the distinctive “TravelApproved” excursions, including the historic Brimstone Hill Fortress, Caribelle Batik, and the St. Kitts Scenic Railway. Passengers can also experience the beautiful beaches, tour a fully restored French Plantation house or wander freely in Port Zante, which offers local art, shopping, and authentic, Caribbean cuisine.